(Activity for Children)
(These cookies need to be made the evening before Easter.)
You will need:
1 cup whole pecans 1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar zipper baggie
3 egg whites wooden spoon
Pinch of salt waxed paper
Cookie sheet tape
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place pecans in zipper baggie and let the children beat them with a wooden spoon, in order to break the pecans into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put one teaspoon into a mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add the egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add one cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know Him and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity (in God’s eyes) of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a waxed-paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door, and turn the oven “OFF.” Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
Explain to the children that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were very sad when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty! Read Matthew 28:1-9.
SPECIAL NOTE: Cookies can be left on a very, very low temperature, like 250 degrees and be ready in a couple of hours. When surface of cookies looks dry and cracked, they are ready to eat.